Experience living history at this 800-acre historic site. Explore the struggle for liberty in America.
Historic Brattonsville presents the history of the Scots-Irish and African-Americans in the South Carolina upcountry through preserving and interpreting the buildings and stories of the Brattonsville community. Featuring more than 30 historic structures from the 1760s to the late-19th century, the site provides visitors with an opportunity to see the evolution of Southern culture and architecture in the Carolina Piedmont. Currently, two of the Bratton family houses are closed for preservation.
Learn how people farmed the land, cooked their food, and entertained themselves in the 18th and 19th centuries through interpreters in period clothing. These historical activities and others are presented year-round, Tuesday through Saturday.
Delve into the founding struggle for liberty by walking the American Revolutionary War battlefield of Huck’s Defeat and watching a video documentary that brings to life the events of July 1780. Come away with an understanding of the continued struggle for liberty in the years following the American Civil War by visiting the new exhibit entitled, “Liberty & Resistance: Reconstruction and the African-American Community at Brattonsville, 1865-1877” inside the recently restored Brick House.
Battle of Huck’s Defeat
Huck’s defeat was one of a series of significant Revolutionary War battles that resulted in a Patriot victory.
African American History
Historic Brattonsville is one of the few living history sites with African-American interpretation.
There are more than 30 different historic structures that you can visit at Historic Brattonsville.
First known as “Forest Hall,” this two-story, Italianate house with a three-story tower, was built for John Simpson Bratton Jr. and his wife.
Home to an award-winning Heritage Farm Program, the farm currently keeps sheep, poultry, cattle, and pigs.
Walt Schrader Trails
This 6 mile network of backcountry paths crosses land steeped in local history and tradition.
By Way of the Back Door: Arts & Cultural Contributions
Celebrate Black History Month with us! Each Saturday we’ll be taking a closer look, honoring the daily lives of enslaved people from the 18th and 19th centuries. This week we are focusing on the Arts and Cultural contributions of people of African descent, both enslaved and free, in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Living History Saturday: Reconstruction
This Living History Saturday highlights the cultural, social, and political changes in York County during the Reconstruction Era.
Founding Mothers: A Home in the Wilderness
Join us for this month’s Living History Saturdays which focus on the lives and daily activities of women of different social classes in the Brattonsville community. This weekend’s activities include Huck’s Defeat: Martha Bratton’s Perspective Tours (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.) and 18th Century Food Preparation.
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